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  20. <title>Using graffiti to build high-performing teams.</title>
  21. <link>http://www.ethann.com/using-graffiti-to-build-your-team/</link>
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  23. <pubDate>Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:11:14 +0000</pubDate>
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  28. <description><![CDATA[<p>There&#8217;s one thing that strikes me about close-knit, high-performing teams. They seem to have an internal language that people outside of the group have trouble understanding. So how can the use of grafitti encourage the development of this internal language? Well-known author Steve McConnell wrote about this in his book Rapid Development:Taming Wild Software Schedules. Like a lot of other teams, we had a set of in-jokes and rituals that people outside the team had a hard time understanding. I&#8217;ve written previously about the importance of a shared common language. The language I&#8217;m referring to here is different.  It&#8217;s not so much about the language used to communicate about the project domain,  but more about language the team used internally for in-jokes and the like. I&#8217;m going to share with you a technique I&#8217;ve used for creating and enhancing this internal language..</p>
  29. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/using-graffiti-to-build-your-team/">Using graffiti to build high-performing teams.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  31. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>There&#8217;s one thing that strikes me about close-knit, high-performing teams. They seem to have an internal language that people outside of the group have trouble understanding. So how can the use of grafitti encourage the development of this internal language?</p>
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  33. <p>Well-known author Steve McConnell wrote about this in his book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rapid-Development-Taming-Software-Schedules/dp/1556159005" target="_blank">Rapid Development:Taming Wild Software Schedules</a>.</p>
  34. <blockquote><p>Like a lot of other teams, we had a set of in-jokes and rituals that people outside the team had a hard time understanding.</p></blockquote>
  35. <p>I&#8217;ve written previously about the<a href="http://www.ethann.com/the-value-of-a-shared-common-language/" target="_blank"> importance of a shared common language</a>. The language I&#8217;m referring to here is different.  It&#8217;s not so much about the language used to communicate about the project domain,  but more about language the team used internally for in-jokes and the like. I&#8217;m going to share with you a technique I&#8217;ve used for creating and enhancing this internal language &#8211; the Graffiti Wall.</p>
  36. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  37. <h2>The Grafitti Board</h2>
  38. <p>The Grafitti Wall is a white board (or a cordoned-off section of a whiteboard) placed centrally within the team&#8217;s working area. The team uses this board to visually create their own space.</p>
  39. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  40. <h2>What goes on the board?</h2>
  41. <p>Things which appear on the board are generally related to the company, project, team or individual team members. Typically these will be things that are funny, stupid, annoying or just plain quirky.</p>
  42. <p>With one team we used to record any funny sayings that were mentioned during meetings. One person often talked about &#8220;Having all their ducks lined up&#8221;, so that saying went went up on the Graffiti Wall. One day in a meeting someone said that &#8220;Ideas are like concrete&#8221; which no-one, including the person who said it, knew what it meant. So that went up on the wall.  You probably get the idea by now.</p>
  43. <p>I&#8217;ve also seen teams write inspirational quotes or draw caricatures. Other teams have posted a question and then have other team members write or draw replies to that question.</p>
  44. <p>Let your imagination run free because there&#8217;s no limit to how creative you can get with these Graffiti Walls.</p>
  45. <p><a href="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ducks-lined-up-1.jpeg"><img data-attachment-id="534" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/using-graffiti-to-build-your-team/ducks-lined-up-2/" data-orig-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ducks-lined-up-1.jpeg" data-orig-size="" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="[]" data-image-title="Ducks Lined Up" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ducks-lined-up-1.jpeg" data-large-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ducks-lined-up-1.jpeg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-534" src="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ducks-lined-up-1.jpeg" alt="" /></a></p>
  46. <h2>Some usage guidelines</h2>
  47. <p>Here are some guidelines that I&#8217;ve found helpful for running Graffiti Walls:</p>
  48. <ul>
  49. <li>Nothing discriminatory goes on the wall &#8211; nothing sexist, racist etc.</li>
  50. <li>Everything on the wall must comply with organisational rules and policies.</li>
  51. <li>Any team member can write on the wall.</li>
  52. <li>A team member can remove anything from the wall that has been written about them.</li>
  53. </ul>
  54. <h2>Have Fun</h2>
  55. <p>Have fun with your Graffiti Wall and please let me know how your teams use it.</p>
  56. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/using-graffiti-to-build-your-team/">Using graffiti to build high-performing teams.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  62. <title>Four free Agile resources that you should know about (but probably don&#8217;t!)</title>
  63. <link>http://www.ethann.com/four-free-agile-resources-know-probably-dont/</link>
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  65. <pubDate>Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:52:49 +0000</pubDate>
  66. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
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  71. <description><![CDATA[<p>There are lots of free Agile resources on the internet. However not all information is created equal. Frankly a lot of the stuff out there is just click-bait designed to get you to buy a product or service. But there are good sources lots of good information out there. I&#8217;m going to assume that you&#8217;ve read the Agile Manifesto and The Scrum Guide, and that you are familiar with sites such as The Scrum Alliance, Scrum.org and Mountain Goat Software. Today I&#8217;m going to share with you four lesser-known Agile resources. These sites offer a lot of value and most of their content is free. Enjoy! 1. Embracing Agile In May 2016, Harvard Business Review (HBR) published the article titled Embracing Agile. Why should just one article be so important? Because according to Forbes columnist, and former director of the Scrum Alliance, Steve Denning, this is the first time..</p>
  72. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/four-free-agile-resources-know-probably-dont/">Four free Agile resources that you should know about (but probably don&#8217;t!)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  74. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>There are lots of free Agile resources on the internet. However not all information is created equal. Frankly a lot of the stuff out there is just click-bait designed to get you to buy a product or service. But there are good sources lots of good information out there.</p>
  75. <p>I&#8217;m going to assume that you&#8217;ve read the <a href="http://agilemanifesto.org/" target="_blank">Agile Manifesto</a> and <a href="http://www.scrumguides.org/" target="_blank">The Scrum Guide</a>, and that you are familiar with sites such as <a href="https://www.scrumalliance.org/" target="_blank">The Scrum Alliance</a>, <a href="https://www.scrum.org/">Scrum.org</a> and <a href="https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/" target="_blank">Mountain Goat Software</a>. Today I&#8217;m going to share with you four lesser-known Agile resources. These sites offer a lot of value and most of their content is free. Enjoy!</p>
  76. <h2>1. Embracing Agile</h2>
  77. <p><a href="https://hbr.org/2016/05/embracing-agile" target="_blank"><img data-attachment-id="483" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/four-free-agile-resources-know-probably-dont/embracing-agile/" data-orig-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/embracing-agile.jpg" data-orig-size="475,224" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="embracing-agile" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/embracing-agile-300x141.jpg" data-large-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/embracing-agile.jpg" class="aligncenter wp-image-483 size-full" src="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/embracing-agile.jpg" alt="embracing-agile" width="475" height="224" srcset="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/embracing-agile.jpg 475w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/embracing-agile-300x141.jpg 300w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/embracing-agile-400x189.jpg 400w" sizes="(max-width: 475px) 100vw, 475px" /></a></p>
  78. <p>In May 2016, <a href="https://hbr.org" target="_blank">Harvard Business Review</a> (HBR) published the article titled <a href="https://hbr.org/2016/05/embracing-agile" target="_blank">Embracing Agile</a>. Why should just one article be so important? Because according to <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/#58b3f8ea63f7" target="_blank">Forbes columnist</a>, and former director of the Scrum Alliance, <a href="http://www.stevedenning.com/site/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Steve Denning</a>, this is the first time that HBR has acknowledged that Agile is something significant for management generally.</p>
  79. <p>Two heavy-hitters of the Agile world wrote this article; <a href="http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=6563" target="_blank">Jeff Sutherland</a> and <a href="http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=6563" target="_blank">Hirotaka Takeuchi</a> . Jeff Sutherland is the co-creator of Scrum. <a href="http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=6563" target="_blank">Hirotaka Takeuchi</a> is a professor at Harvard Business School and co-author of the landmark paper <a href="https://hbr.org/1986/01/the-new-new-product-development-game" target="_blank">The New New Product Development Game</a>. And now that HBR has given Agile its&#8217; <em>tick of approval</em>, Agile is beginning to be seen as something more than than just some weird IT practice. This might be the article to print and leave on your manager&#8217;s desk!</p>
  80. <h2>2. The Agile Revolution Podcast</h2>
  81. <p><a href="https://theagilerevolution.com/" target="_blank"><img data-attachment-id="480" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/four-free-agile-resources-know-probably-dont/the-agile-revolution/" data-orig-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/the-agile-revolution.jpg" data-orig-size="195,274" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="the-agile-revolution" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/the-agile-revolution.jpg" data-large-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/the-agile-revolution.jpg" class="aligncenter wp-image-480 size-full" src="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/the-agile-revolution.jpg" alt="the-agile-revolution" width="195" height="274" /></a></p>
  82. <p>My favourite Agile podcast is <a href="https://theagilerevolution.com/" target="_blank">The Agile Revolution</a>. A lot of podcasts in general seem to be ego-fests for their presenter(s). But this one is different and has some really great interviews.  If you want to get a taste of the quality then I highly recommend starting with <a href="https://theagilerevolution.com/2016/01/15/episode-101-the-lean-mindset-with-mary-and-tom-poppendieck/" target="_blank">Episode 101: The Lean Mindset with Mary and Tom Poppendieck</a>. <a href="http://www.poppendieck.com/" target="_blank">Tom and Mary Poppendieck</a> wrote the widely acclaimed book <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Lean-Software-Development-Agile-Toolkit/dp/0321150783" target="_blank">Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit</a> in 2003 and have been instrumental in the Lean Software movement. It&#8217;s a great listen.</p>
  83. <h2>3. The Agile Coach</h2>
  84. <p><a href="https://www.atlassian.com/agile" target="_blank"><img data-attachment-id="484" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/four-free-agile-resources-know-probably-dont/atlassian-the-agile-coach/" data-orig-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/atlassian-the-agile-coach.png" data-orig-size="745,256" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="atlassian-the-agile-coach" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/atlassian-the-agile-coach-300x103.png" data-large-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/atlassian-the-agile-coach.png" class="aligncenter wp-image-484 size-full" src="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/atlassian-the-agile-coach.png" alt="atlassian-the-agile-coach" width="745" height="256" srcset="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/atlassian-the-agile-coach.png 745w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/atlassian-the-agile-coach-300x103.png 300w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/atlassian-the-agile-coach-400x137.png 400w" sizes="(max-width: 745px) 100vw, 745px" /></a></p>
  85. <p><a href="https://www.atlassian.com" target="_blank">Atlassian</a> are well-known as the makers of cool software including <a href="https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira" target="_blank">JIRA</a>.  However it&#8217;s lesser-known that they also have a section on their website called <a href="https://www.atlassian.com/agile" target="_blank">The Agile Coach</a>, which is packed full of great articles. These articles are particularly good if you are new-ish to Agile.  Sure, they eventually want you to buy their software. But the thing that sets The Agile Coach apart is the quality and usefulness of the articles. Check out <a href="https://www.atlassian.com/agile/program" target="_blank">Running Agile Programs</a> for a taste of what&#8217;s on offer. Highly recommended.</p>
  86. <h2>4. ProjectManagement.com</h2>
  87. <p><a href="http://www.projectmanagement.com/Practices/Agile/" target="_blank"><img data-attachment-id="490" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/four-free-agile-resources-know-probably-dont/project-management/" data-orig-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/project-management.png" data-orig-size="234,84" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="project-management" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/project-management.png" data-large-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/project-management.png" class="aligncenter wp-image-490 size-full" src="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/project-management.png" alt="project-management" width="234" height="84" /></a></p>
  88. <p>Management.com is a website owned by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The PMI (of PMBOK fame) has long been associated with traditional Project Management methodologies. However their <a href="http://www.projectmanagement.com/Practices/Agile/" target="_blank">Agile sub-site</a> contains a surprising amount of quality Agile articles, webinars and discussions.   Some of the resources are paid resources but there&#8217;s also lots of good free stuff there.</p>
  89. <p>Site registration (free) is required to access most of the content.</p>
  90. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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  97. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/four-free-agile-resources-know-probably-dont/">Four free Agile resources that you should know about (but probably don&#8217;t!)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  103. <title>Agile Tour Sydney 2016 &#8211; call for facilitators</title>
  104. <link>http://www.ethann.com/agile-tour-sydney-2016-call-facilitators/</link>
  105. <comments>http://www.ethann.com/agile-tour-sydney-2016-call-facilitators/#respond</comments>
  106. <pubDate>Tue, 04 Oct 2016 08:50:53 +0000</pubDate>
  107. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
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  112. <description><![CDATA[<p>The Agile Tour Sydney is on again on November 14. For 2016 there&#8217;s a change of venue to the Aerial UTS Function Centre in Sydney.  So only 40 sleeps to go before the big day. The call has now gone out for nominations from those who would like to run a workshop on the day. So if you&#8217;ve got a good idea or a burning topic to share then get to it and submit your idea now. The Agile Tour is one of my favorite Agile events of the year and extremely good value at only $100 per ticket (the event is designed to be cost neutral!). The sessions tend to be highly interactive workshops rather than lectures &#8211; hence the call for facilitators rather than presenters. &#160;</p>
  113. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/agile-tour-sydney-2016-call-facilitators/">Agile Tour Sydney 2016 &#8211; call for facilitators</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  115. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/agiletoursyd/" target="_blank">Agile Tour Sydney</a> is on again on November 14. For 2016 there&#8217;s a change of venue to the Aerial UTS Function Centre in Sydney.  So only 40 sleeps to go before the big day. The call has now gone out for nominations from those who would like to run a workshop on the day. So if you&#8217;ve got a good idea or a burning topic to share then get to it and <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/agiletoursyd/home/submission" target="_blank">submit your idea now</a>.</p>
  116. <p>The Agile Tour is one of my favorite Agile events of the year and extremely good value at only $100 per ticket (the event is designed to be cost neutral!). The sessions tend to be highly interactive workshops rather than lectures &#8211; hence the call for facilitators rather than presenters.</p>
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  118. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/agile-tour-sydney-2016-call-facilitators/">Agile Tour Sydney 2016 &#8211; call for facilitators</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  124. <title>How popular are Agile Certifications with employers?</title>
  125. <link>http://www.ethann.com/popular-agile-certifications-employers/</link>
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  127. <pubDate>Mon, 08 Aug 2016 10:28:43 +0000</pubDate>
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  134. <description><![CDATA[<p>Certifications can be a controversial topic. Get a bunch of Agile practitioners together, and if the topic should turn to certifications, then a heated debate often follows. Some folks love certifications and see much value in them. Others don&#8217;t think that they&#8217;re worth the paper they are written on. Regardless of your personal opinion about the value of certifications, if employers or clients are looking for certain certifications, then this tends to drive all but the most strident certification opponents, to attain the highly demanded certification.  I’ve witnessed this trend several times before during my career with different IT certifications. With a number of different Agile Certifications available in the market place, I thought it might be interesting to compare these certifications to see just how popular each one is with employers. Agile Certifications Research My research methodology involved performing a number of queries..</p>
  135. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/popular-agile-certifications-employers/">How popular are Agile Certifications with employers?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  137. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Certifications can be a <a href="http://techbeacon.com/agile-certifications-are-they-worth-price" target="_blank">controversial topic</a>. Get a bunch of Agile practitioners together, and if the topic should turn to certifications, then a heated debate often follows.</p>
  138. <p>Some folks love certifications and see much value in them. Others don&#8217;t think that they&#8217;re worth the paper they are written on.</p>
  139. <p>Regardless of your personal opinion about the value of certifications, if employers or clients are looking for certain certifications, then this tends to drive all but the most strident certification opponents, to attain the highly demanded certification.  I’ve witnessed this trend several times before during my career with different IT certifications.</p>
  140. <p>With a number of <a href="http://www.cio.com/article/2989355/certifications/7-agile-certifications-to-take-your-career-to-the-next-level.html" target="_blank">different Agile Certifications</a> available in the market place, I thought it might be interesting to compare these certifications to see just how popular each one is with employers.</p>
  141. <h2>Agile Certifications Research</h2>
  142. <p>My research methodology involved performing a number of queries on three of Indeed’s country-specific job websites:<br />
  143. <a href="http://Indeed.com" target="_blank">Indeed.com</a> (USA)<br />
  144. <a href="http://Indeed.co.uk" target="_blank">Indeed.co.uk</a> (UK)<br />
  145. <a href="http://Indeed.com.au" target="_blank">Indeed.com.au</a> (Australia)</p>
  146. <h2>Agile Certifications Data</h2>
  147. <p>The raw data collected is shown in the following table.</p>
  148. <table dir="ltr" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
  149. <colgroup>
  150. <col width="197" />
  151. <col width="238" />
  152. <col width="100" />
  153. <col width="100" />
  154. <col width="100" /></colgroup>
  155. <tbody>
  156. <tr>
  157. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Certification&quot;}"><strong>Certification</strong></td>
  158. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Query&quot;}"><strong>Query</strong></td>
  159. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Indeed.com&quot;}"><strong><a class="in-cell-link" href="http://Indeed.com" target="_blank">Indeed.com</a></strong></td>
  160. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Indeed.co.uk&quot;}"><strong><a class="in-cell-link" href="http://Indeed.co.uk" target="_blank">Indeed.co.uk</a></strong></td>
  161. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Indeed.com.au&quot;}"><strong><a class="in-cell-link" href="http://Indeed.com.au" target="_blank">Indeed.com.au</a></strong></td>
  162. </tr>
  163. <tr>
  164. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)&quot;}">Certified Scrum Master (CSM)</td>
  165. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;\&quot;certified scrum master\&quot; or csm&quot;}">&#8220;certified scrum master&#8221; or csm</td>
  166. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:2726}" data-sheets-numberformat="[null,2,&quot;#,##0&quot;,1]">2,726</td>
  167. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:343}">343</td>
  168. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:43}">43</td>
  169. </tr>
  170. <tr>
  171. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;PMI-ACP&quot;}">PMI-ACP</td>
  172. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;pmi-acp&quot;}">pmi-acp</td>
  173. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:243}">243</td>
  174. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:5}">5</td>
  175. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:3}">3</td>
  176. </tr>
  177. <tr>
  178. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;SAFe Practitioner &quot;}">SAFe Practitioner</td>
  179. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;\&quot;safe practitioner\&quot; or \&quot;safe certification\&quot; &quot;}">&#8220;safe practitioner&#8221; or &#8220;safe certification&#8221;</td>
  180. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:11}">11</td>
  181. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:23}">23</td>
  182. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:0}">0</td>
  183. </tr>
  184. <tr>
  185. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Professional Scrum Master&quot;}">Professional Scrum Master</td>
  186. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;\&quot;professional scrum master\&quot; or psm&quot;}">&#8220;professional scrum master&#8221; or psm</td>
  187. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:1223}">1223</td>
  188. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:74}">74</td>
  189. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:3}">3</td>
  190. </tr>
  191. <tr>
  192. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;PMP&quot;}">PMP*</td>
  193. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;pmp&quot;}" data-sheets-numberformat="[null,2,&quot;#,##0&quot;,1]">pmp</td>
  194. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:13237}" data-sheets-numberformat="[null,2,&quot;#,##0&quot;,1]">13,237</td>
  195. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:872}">872</td>
  196. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:140}">140</td>
  197. </tr>
  198. </tbody>
  199. </table>
  200. <p>*<a href="https://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/project-management-pmp" target="_blank">Project Management Professional</a> (PMP) is an established and well-known traditional Project Management certification. I&#8217;ve used PMP as a proxy for traditional Project Management approaches in order to facilitate a comparison between  Agile certifications and traditional PM certifications.</p>
  201. <h2>Charts</h2>
  202. <p>The charts for each individual region are as follows:</p>
  203. <h3>USA<a href="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png"><br />
  204. </a></h3>
  205. <p><a href="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6.png"><img data-attachment-id="441" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/popular-agile-certifications-employers/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6/" data-orig-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6.png" data-orig-size="477,286" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6-300x180.png" data-large-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6.png" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-441" src="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6.png" alt="agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6" width="477" height="286" srcset="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6.png 477w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6-300x180.png 300w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6-400x240.png 400w" sizes="(max-width: 477px) 100vw, 477px" /></a></p>
  206. <h3>UK</h3>
  207. <p><a href="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6.png"><img data-attachment-id="443" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/popular-agile-certifications-employers/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6/" data-orig-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6.png" data-orig-size="478,286" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6-300x179.png" data-large-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6.png" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-443" src="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6.png" alt="agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6" width="478" height="286" srcset="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6.png 478w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6-300x179.png 300w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6-400x239.png 400w" sizes="(max-width: 478px) 100vw, 478px" /></a></p>
  208. <h3>Australia</h3>
  209. <p><a href="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png"><img data-attachment-id="442" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/popular-agile-certifications-employers/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6/" data-orig-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png" data-orig-size="478,286" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6-300x179.png" data-large-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-442" src="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png" alt="agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6" width="478" height="286" srcset="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png 478w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6-300x179.png 300w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6-400x239.png 400w" sizes="(max-width: 478px) 100vw, 478px" /></a></p>
  210. <h2>Analysis of the Data</h2>
  211. <p>While maybe not the most scientific study ever conducted, an Analysis of the data does provide three key insights</p>
  212. <ol>
  213. <li>The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) is clearly the most popular Agile Certification currently on the market today and this is evident across all three geographies.</li>
  214. <li>The Professional Scrum Master certification from Scrum.org is about half as popular in the USA as CSM, but it hardly rates in the other regions.</li>
  215. <li>PMP is still the King (or Queen) and demand for this certification still far outweighs demand for the Agile certifications. So perhaps Agile has some way to go before complete domination?</li>
  216. </ol>
  217. <h2>Coming Soon</h2>
  218. <p>I plan to update this data periodically to monitor changes to the popularity of each certification over time. Stay tuned!</p>
  219. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/popular-agile-certifications-employers/">How popular are Agile Certifications with employers?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  225. <title>The Rubber Chicken and other ways to get Agile meetings started on time</title>
  226. <link>http://www.ethann.com/rubber-chicken-ways-get-agile-meetings-started-time/</link>
  227. <comments>http://www.ethann.com/rubber-chicken-ways-get-agile-meetings-started-time/#comments</comments>
  228. <pubDate>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:21:57 +0000</pubDate>
  229. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
  230. <category><![CDATA[Agile]]></category>
  231. <category><![CDATA[Ceremonies]]></category>
  232. <category><![CDATA[scrum]]></category>
  233.  
  234. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://www.ethann.com/?p=416</guid>
  235. <description><![CDATA[<p>In a typical Agile or Scrum environment if there&#8217;s one thing that reduces productivity and efficiency, its people being late for meetings. Valuable minutes, which soon add up to hours and days, are lost while the team waits for the stragglers to arrive. Waste = bad Waiting is one of the sevens wastes of Muda, as categorized by Taiichi Ohno within the Toyota production system. Lean teaches us to focus on eliminating all waste, so working to get meetings started on time is a great way to eliminate waste and improve productivity. And remember that in order to assess the real amount of wastage, the waiting time must be multiplied by the number of team members waiting, because potentially most of the could be wasting time waiting for just one person. The Nike Solution One solution is , in the words of famous Nike slogan, &#8220;Just..</p>
  236. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/rubber-chicken-ways-get-agile-meetings-started-time/">The Rubber Chicken and other ways to get Agile meetings started on time</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
  237. ]]></description>
  238. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>In a typical Agile or Scrum environment if there&#8217;s one thing that reduces productivity and efficiency, its people being late for meetings. Valuable minutes, which soon add up to hours and days, are lost while the team waits for the stragglers to arrive.</p>
  239. <h2>Waste = bad</h2>
  240. <p>Waiting is one of the sevens wastes of Muda, as categorized by Taiichi Ohno within the Toyota production system. Lean teaches us to focus on eliminating all waste, so working to get meetings started on time is a great way to eliminate waste and improve productivity.</p>
  241. <p>And remember that in order to assess the real amount of wastage, the waiting time must be multiplied by the number of team members waiting, because potentially most of the could be wasting time waiting for just one person.</p>
  242. <h2>The Nike Solution</h2>
  243. <p><a href="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/nike_just_do_it.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="422" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/rubber-chicken-ways-get-agile-meetings-started-time/nike_just_do_it/" data-orig-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/nike_just_do_it.jpg" data-orig-size="800,158" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="nike_just_do_it" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/nike_just_do_it-300x59.jpg" data-large-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/nike_just_do_it.jpg" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-422" src="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/nike_just_do_it-300x59.jpg" alt="nike_just_do_it" width="300" height="59" srcset="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/nike_just_do_it-300x59.jpg 300w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/nike_just_do_it-768x152.jpg 768w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/nike_just_do_it-400x79.jpg 400w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/nike_just_do_it.jpg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  244. <p>One solution is , in the words of famous Nike slogan, &#8220;Just Do It&#8221;. Start the meeting on time and anyone that&#8217;s late simply misses out. While this sounds fine in theory, it doesn&#8217;t necessarily work as well in practice. With tight-knit Agile teams, keeping everyone on the same page is essential, and information often needs to be repeated for late-comers. So starting on time regardless of who&#8217;s there may actually end up creating more waste, not less.</p>
  245. <p>Still this may be an effective strategy for some teams. Another approach is to try to get people to turn up to meetings on time.</p>
  246. <h2>Economics to the rescue</h2>
  247. <p>Economics teaches that people respond to incentives, either Positive or Negative. So it would seem that the best way to get people to start meetings on time is through providing some incentive for them to be there on time. I&#8217;m now going to share with you three incentives that might help you get your meetings started on time.</p>
  248. <h2>The Rubber Chicken</h2>
  249. <p><a href="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/rubber-chicken.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="418" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/rubber-chicken-ways-get-agile-meetings-started-time/rubber-chicken/" data-orig-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/rubber-chicken.jpg" data-orig-size="534,401" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="rubber chicken" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/rubber-chicken-300x225.jpg" data-large-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/rubber-chicken.jpg" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-418" src="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/rubber-chicken-300x225.jpg" alt="rubber chicken" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/rubber-chicken-300x225.jpg 300w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/rubber-chicken-400x300.jpg 400w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/rubber-chicken.jpg 534w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  250. <p>The rubber chicken, wait for it, involves a rubber chicken (as pictured above.) You can pick one of these up for a few dollars on the internet. The idea is that whoever is late to the meeting, has to hold on to the rubber chicken for the duration of the meeting. The theory is that this somewhat embarrassing incentive will be enough to encourage team members to turn up on time.  (Thanks to <a href="www.linkedin.com/in/kanemar/" target="_blank">Kane Marr</a> from <a href="https://scrumology.com/" target="_blank">Scrumology</a> for this tip)</p>
  251. <h2>The Gold Coin</h2>
  252. <p>The Gold Coin requires that anyone who is late to a meeting is required to drop a gold coin into a &#8220;tip jar&#8221;. The &#8220;tip jar&#8221; is then periodically donated to an agreed charity, or used for another purpose such as buying the team coffee or cakes.  The beauty of this method is that the team members don&#8217;t have to make up excuses for being late, or interrupt the meeting with apologies.  They can simply walk in the room, place their coin in the container, and then take their place in the meeting.</p>
  253. <p>(Note that Australia has $1 and $2 gold coins. You may need to modify for other countries)</p>
  254. <h2>Donuts</h2>
  255. <p><a href="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/donuts.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="420" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/rubber-chicken-ways-get-agile-meetings-started-time/donuts/" data-orig-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/donuts.jpg" data-orig-size="274,184" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="donuts" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/donuts.jpg" data-large-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/donuts.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-420" src="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/donuts.jpg" alt="donuts" width="274" height="184" /></a></p>
  256. <p>The Donuts method uses a positive incentive, rather than a negative one.  You simply have donuts (or chocolate or cake) at the beginning of the meeting.  The kicker here though is to have a small amount and allow second and third helpings.  Enough that everyone could get some, but that late-comers will probably miss out.  For example, you could cut donuts into four &#8211; say twelve or sixteen quarters for a team of eight.</p>
  257. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  258. <p>So there you have it. Three way to incentivize your team members to attend meetings on time. Remember that in the spirit of Agile, any of these methods should be adopted and agreed by the team themselves, rather than having the method enforced on the team.</p>
  259. <p>Let me know how you get on with these methods, or share your own method of how you get meetings started on time.</p>
  260. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  261. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/rubber-chicken-ways-get-agile-meetings-started-time/">The Rubber Chicken and other ways to get Agile meetings started on time</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  267. <title>LAST Conference 2016 (Sydney) &#8211; only 16 places left</title>
  268. <link>http://www.ethann.com/last-conference-2016-sydney-16-places-left/</link>
  269. <comments>http://www.ethann.com/last-conference-2016-sydney-16-places-left/#respond</comments>
  270. <pubDate>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:52:04 +0000</pubDate>
  271. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
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  277. <description><![CDATA[<p>A quick heads up that the Sydney LAST Conference is on next Monday (July 25th) and there are only 16 tickets left! LAST stands for Lean, Agile, Systems Thinking, so sessions will fall broadly into one or more of those three categories. Tickets for the full day event are only $99 and you can find more information at the LAST Conference website. &#160;</p>
  278. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/last-conference-2016-sydney-16-places-left/">LAST Conference 2016 (Sydney) &#8211; only 16 places left</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
  279. ]]></description>
  280. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A quick heads up that the Sydney LAST Conference is on next Monday (July 25th) and there are only 16 tickets left!</p>
  281. <p>LAST stands for Lean, Agile, Systems Thinking, so sessions will fall broadly into one or more of those three categories. <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/last-conference-2016-sydney-registration-25117520179" target="_blank">Tickets</a> for the full day event are only $99 and you can find more information at the <a href="https://www.lastconferencesydney.com/" target="_blank">LAST Conference website</a>.</p>
  282. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  283. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/last-conference-2016-sydney-16-places-left/">LAST Conference 2016 (Sydney) &#8211; only 16 places left</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  289. <title>Agile and The Black Swan</title>
  290. <link>http://www.ethann.com/agile-black-swan/</link>
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  292. <pubDate>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 08:39:42 +0000</pubDate>
  293. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
  294. <category><![CDATA[Agile]]></category>
  295. <category><![CDATA[scrum]]></category>
  296.  
  297. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://www.ethann.com/?p=395</guid>
  298. <description><![CDATA[<p>The Black Swan concept is based on an ancient saying which presumed black swans did not exist. People mistakenly thought that the fact that no-one had even seen a black swan, meant that they didn’t exist. (The saying was rewritten after black swans were discovered in the wild!) Nassim Nicholas Taleb popularized the term in his 2007 book The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. Taleb talks in his book about events or occurrences which that deviate beyond what is normally expected of a situation and that would be extremely difficult to predict. What could possible go wrong? The range of unexpected occurrences that can derail a sprint, or a project, is wide and varied.  From my own experience I’ve picked a few of the more exotic unexpected events that have impacted projects that I’ve worked on. One of the..</p>
  299. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/agile-black-swan/">Agile and The Black Swan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  301. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Black Swan concept </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">is based on an ancient saying which presumed black swans did not exist. People mistakenly thought that the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">fact that no-one had even seen a black swan, meant that they didn’t exist. (The saying was rewritten after black swans were discovered in the wild!) <a href="http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/" target="_blank">Nassim Nicholas Taleb</a> popularized the term in his 2007 book <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Black-Swan-Improbable-Robustness-Fragility/dp/081297381X" target="_blank">The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable</a>. Taleb talks in his book about events or occurrences which that deviate beyond what is normally expected of a situation and that would be extremely difficult to predict.</span></p>
  302. <h2><b>What could possible go wrong?</b></h2>
  303. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The range of unexpected occurrences that can derail a sprint, or a project, is wide and varied.  From my own experience I’ve picked a few of the more </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">exotic</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> unexpected events that have impacted projects that I’ve worked on.</span></p>
  304. <ul>
  305. <li>One of the software developer&#8217;s goes on holiday and his temporary replacement reports that much of the developer’s code, which he claimed to have written himself, actually came from another company (as determined by comments and digital signatures).</li>
  306. <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Volcanic ash grounds all international flights meaning that primary stakeholder is unavailable for meetings for several days</span></li>
  307. <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">D</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">eveloper has a stroke and is unavailable for an undetermined period of time</span></li>
  308. <li>Lose access to all corporate computer systems for 3 days for never-completely-explained reasons.</li>
  309. <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Product owner violates employment contract by accepting job with competitor and is escorted off premises immediately after this is discovered.</span></li>
  310. <li>Key stakeholder has nervous breakdown and ends up in psychiatric ward</li>
  311. <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Users at one office band together and refuse to pilot the new solution.</span></li>
  312. <li>Vendor’s Project Manager catches Tuberculous.</li>
  313. </ul>
  314. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is just a sample of the types of unexpected things that regularly occur to derail even the best laid plans.  In traditional <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterfall_model" target="_blank">Waterfall</a> models of development, such occurrences can have major negative consequences on a project.  And let’s be fair, these type of unexpected events will also have an impact on <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_software_development" target="_blank">Agile</a> projects as well.  But I’ll argue that Agile methodologies handle these unexpected events much better than traditional methods, enabling progress to continue in a much better fashion than traditional methodologies allow for.</span></p>
  315. <p><a href="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/unexpected.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="401" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/agile-black-swan/unexpected/" data-orig-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/unexpected.jpg" data-orig-size="420,606" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="unexpected" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/unexpected-208x300.jpg" data-large-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/unexpected.jpg" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-401" src="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/unexpected-208x300.jpg" alt="unexpected" width="208" height="300" srcset="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/unexpected-208x300.jpg 208w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/unexpected-400x577.jpg 400w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/unexpected.jpg 420w" sizes="(max-width: 208px) 100vw, 208px" /></a></p>
  316. <h2><b>Why does Agile handle Black Swans so well?</b></h2>
  317. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Agile almost expects the unexpected. There are a number of key parts to Agile that deal with unexpected Black Swan-type events most effectively.  I’ll  expand on some of the most powerful aspects below.</span></p>
  318. <h2><b>The Art of the Possible</b></h2>
  319. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A key part of the Agile mindset, and one that is often overlooked in my opinion, is that Agile is “the art of the possible”. In whatever situation, no matter what the circumstances or unexpected events, we focus on what we can do to move closer to delivering business value (rather than focusing on the obstacles).</span></p>
  320. <h2><b>Small Experiments</b></h2>
  321. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A key part of the Agile mindset is that the future is unknowable, and the best way to deal with this is to do small experiments and then empirically assess the results.</span></p>
  322. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By doing small experiments /small bets/sprints we are effectively reducing our risk profile.  Should a significant unexpected event occur, then in many ways the worst it can do is derail our (two week) sprint/iteration.  And then we re-assess what we can do during the next sprint/iteration planning meeting – which is pretty much what we would be doing in any case.</span></p>
  323. <h2><b>Limited WIP</b></h2>
  324. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Small experiments and sprints are ways of limiting our <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_in_process" target="_blank">Work In Progress</a> (WIP).  Systems that don’t limit WIP can invest significant resources in having large amounts WIP, and the face high costs if all WIP has to be halted for some reason. One advantage of limiting WIP is that if something should contaminate the process, or causes the process to stop, then only the WIP is affected. All the remaining items in our backlog may be affected to some degree by the unexpected event, but since we haven’t invested any resources in them, we don’t incur the same large penalty costs. </span></p>
  325. <h2><b>Focus on Value</b></h2>
  326. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Agile we prioritize based on business value (rather than speed, cost, ease etc). By focusing on completing the highest value items first, we ensure that should a Black Swan event happen then at least we have completed the most important work. </span></p>
  327. <h2><b>Potentially Shippable Product</b></h2>
  328. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Agile methods aim to produce a potentially shippable product at the end of every iteration. By delivering a potentially shippable product at the end of every iteration, we ensure that even in the case of a Black Swan event, we have something workable that we can potentially go live with and gain value from.</span></p>
  329. <h2><b>Embracing the Black Swan</b></h2>
  330. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Black Swan events have occurred throughout history and my guess is that they will continue to occur going into the future. I’ve given you a number of Black Swan examples from my own experience and I’m sure that you have some from your own experience as well. Due to their unexpected nature, it’s quite frivolous to try and predict when they will occur.  But we should have a plan for dealing with the unexpected. The approach I like to adopt is two-fold. First, monitor your activities diligently. Second, deal with what whatever happens.</span></p>
  331. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  332. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  333. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/agile-black-swan/">Agile and The Black Swan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  339. <title>Highlights from Scrum Australia 2016</title>
  340. <link>http://www.ethann.com/highlights-scrum-australia-2016/</link>
  341. <comments>http://www.ethann.com/highlights-scrum-australia-2016/#respond</comments>
  342. <pubDate>Mon, 02 May 2016 10:55:48 +0000</pubDate>
  343. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
  344. <category><![CDATA[Agile]]></category>
  345. <category><![CDATA[scrum]]></category>
  346.  
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  348. <description><![CDATA[<p>Scrum Australia 2016 was a fantastic event. Hats off to the organizing committee for running the event in such a professional manner. Although there were a number of stand-outs, four highlights stood out in my mind. Steve Denning&#8217;s opening keynote Aattendees Buzz Bas Vodde&#8217;s closing keynote Steve Denning&#8217;s opening keynote Steve Denning, the well-known author and Forbes columnist, kicked off the event in grand style. Steve covered many areas but the big idea from his speech is that He referred to research which indicated that when an Agile mindset was present, benefits flowed regardless of which particular Agile processes were flowed.  Without an Agile mindset, no benefits flowed. This raises the stakes as organisations now need to look beyond training their teams in rote-learned Scrum, and move toward mastering the underlying principles and philosophies which underlie these practices. You can view Steve..</p>
  349. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/highlights-scrum-australia-2016/">Highlights from Scrum Australia 2016</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  351. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="http://scrum.com.au/2016/" target="_blank">Scrum Australia 2016</a> was a fantastic event.</p>
  352. <p>Hats off to the organizing committee for running the event in such a professional manner.</p>
  353. <p>Although there were a number of stand-outs, four highlights stood out in my mind.</p>
  354. <ul>
  355. <li>Steve Denning&#8217;s opening keynote</li>
  356. <li>Aattendees</li>
  357. <li>Buzz</li>
  358. <li>Bas Vodde&#8217;s closing keynote</li>
  359. </ul>
  360. <h2>Steve Denning&#8217;s opening keynote</h2>
  361. <p><a href="http://www.stevedenning.com/" target="_blank">Steve Denning</a>, the well-known author and Forbes columnist, kicked off the event in grand style. Steve covered many areas but the big idea from his speech is that</p>
  362. <blockquote class="pixcode  pixcode--testimonial  testimonial testimonial--small-text">
  363.    <div class="testimonial__content">
  364. <p>Agile is a mindset</p>
  365. </div>
  366.  
  367.    </blockquote>
  368.  
  369. <p>He referred to research which indicated that when an Agile mindset was present, benefits flowed regardless of which particular Agile processes were flowed.  Without an Agile mindset, no benefits flowed.</p>
  370. <p>This raises the stakes as organisations now need to look beyond training their teams in rote-learned Scrum, and move toward mastering the underlying principles and philosophies which underlie these practices.</p>
  371. <p>You can view <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2016/05/01/video-how-to-make-the-whole-organization-agile/#2f81811f7db5" target="_blank">Steve Denning&#8217;s full presentation at Scrum Australia here</a>.</p>
  372. <h2>Attendees</h2>
  373. <p>Two things struck me about the attendees.</p>
  374. <p>First was the number of attendees. There were around 300 people from all across Australia and across the ditch (New Zealand). Word on the street was that this equates to a 50% increase in audience, which is impressive and an indication of the momentum behind Scrum and Agile.</p>
  375. <p>Second was the approach-ability of the attendees. Often when you go to a conference, the speakers can be somewhat elitist. But at Scrum Australia the speakers mixed freely with the attendees and were highly approachable &#8211; especially during the social event!</p>
  376. <h2>Buzz</h2>
  377. <p>Although not quantifiable, there was certainly a buzz around the event and a real feeling of gathering momentum behind Scum and Agile. <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/mannygonzalezoo" target="_blank">Manuel Gonzalez</a>, CEO of the Scrum Alliance, spoke of impressive growth of Scrum and how Scrum and Agile are now making significant in-roads into non-IT parts of organizations. The Scrum Alliance has a solid strategic plan in place and the future is looking bright for Scrum.</p>
  378. <h2>Bas Vodde&#8217;s closing keynote</h2>
  379. <p><a href="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/bas-vodde-scrum-australia_.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="384" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/highlights-scrum-australia-2016/bas-vodde-scrum-australia_/" data-orig-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/bas-vodde-scrum-australia_.jpg" data-orig-size="600,338" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Bas Vodde Scrum Australia_" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/bas-vodde-scrum-australia_-300x169.jpg" data-large-file="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/bas-vodde-scrum-australia_.jpg" class="size-medium wp-image-384" src="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/bas-vodde-scrum-australia_-300x169.jpg" alt="Bas Vodde giving a fireside chat at Scrum Australia 2016." width="300" height="169" srcset="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/bas-vodde-scrum-australia_-300x169.jpg 300w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/bas-vodde-scrum-australia_-400x225.jpg 400w, http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/bas-vodde-scrum-australia_.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  380. <p><a href="http://blog.odd-e.com/basvodde/" target="_blank">Bas Vodde</a> is one of the co-creators of <a href="https://less.works/" target="_blank">Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)</a>. Bas has a fairly unique, highly-engaging presentation style and if you ever get the chance to see Bas present in person then I recommend that you take it. Bas spoke about the story of how LeSS came to be and along the way produced many nuggets of wisdom, including this one:</p>
  381. <blockquote class="pixcode  pixcode--testimonial  testimonial testimonial--small-text">
  382.    <div class="testimonial__content">
  383. <p>Do you want to go fast in the wrong direction or slow in the right direction?</p>
  384. </div>
  385.  
  386.    </blockquote>
  387.  
  388. <p>You can see <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4vpDeyqEN4" target="_blank">Bas in action in this video</a>.</p>
  389. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  390. <p>All in all, Scrum Australia 2016 was one of the best conferences I&#8217;ve been to. Here&#8217;s looking forward to Scrum Australia 2017!</p>
  391. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/highlights-scrum-australia-2016/">Highlights from Scrum Australia 2016</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  397. <title>Inaugural Sydney Agile Coach meetup</title>
  398. <link>http://www.ethann.com/inaugural-sydney-agile-coach-meetup/</link>
  399. <comments>http://www.ethann.com/inaugural-sydney-agile-coach-meetup/#respond</comments>
  400. <pubDate>Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:01:35 +0000</pubDate>
  401. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
  402. <category><![CDATA[Agile]]></category>
  403. <category><![CDATA[Coaching]]></category>
  404.  
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  406. <description><![CDATA[<p>A quick heads-up that an exciting new Agile meetup is starting next week in Sydney. The inaugural Sydney Agile Coach Meetup is taking place on Tuesday 3rd May. It&#8217;s already attracting some heavy-hitters which is not surprising as it&#8217;s being run by Peter Lee from Campaign Monitor and Marcio Sete from Elabor8 &#8211; two very knowledgeable guys. This should be a great event and the start of a fantastic community.  Maybe I&#8217;ll see you there?</p>
  407. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/inaugural-sydney-agile-coach-meetup/">Inaugural Sydney Agile Coach meetup</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  409. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A quick heads-up that an exciting new Agile meetup is starting next week in Sydney.</p>
  410. <p>The inaugural <a class="chapter-name unlink omnCamp omngj_sj7ea omnrv_fe1a" href="http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Agile-Coach-Meetup/" target="_blank">Sydney Agile Coach Meetup</a> is taking place on Tuesday 3rd May. It&#8217;s already attracting some heavy-hitters which is not surprising as it&#8217;s being run by <a href="https://au.linkedin.com/in/peter-lee-90a88634" target="_blank">Peter Lee</a> from Campaign Monitor and <a href="https://au.linkedin.com/in/marciosete" target="_blank">Marcio Sete</a> from Elabor8 &#8211; two very knowledgeable guys.</p>
  411. <p>This should be a great event and the start of a fantastic community.  Maybe I&#8217;ll see you there?</p>
  412. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/inaugural-sydney-agile-coach-meetup/">Inaugural Sydney Agile Coach meetup</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  418. <title>What are the differences between Risks and Issues?</title>
  419. <link>http://www.ethann.com/difference-risks-issues/</link>
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  422. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
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  428. <description><![CDATA[<p>In traditional world of Project Management, many of us have used a RAID (Risks, Assumptions, Issues and Decisions) log, or some variation of it.  Even in Agile corporate environments we often encounter Risks and Issues logs at a project or program level. I had a colleague ask me the other day what was the difference a Risk and and Issue. It&#8217;s an interesting question which has a surprisingly succinct answer. Risk A risk is an occurrence which could negatively impact the project. Issue An issue an occurrence that is negatively impacting the project. &#160; So the key difference is time.  Risks are things that could possible happen in the future, whereas Issues are things that have already happened.  Another way of thinking about the two is that Issues are Risks which have actually occurred.</p>
  429. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/difference-risks-issues/">What are the differences between Risks and Issues?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  431. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>In traditional world of Project Management, many of us have used a RAID (Risks, Assumptions, Issues and Decisions) log, or some variation of it.  Even in Agile corporate environments we often encounter Risks and Issues logs at a project or program level.</p>
  432. <p>I had a colleague ask me the other day what was the difference a Risk and and Issue. It&#8217;s an interesting question which has a surprisingly succinct answer.</p>
  433. <h3>Risk</h3>
  434. <p>A risk is an occurrence which <strong>could</strong> negatively impact the project.</p>
  435. <h3>Issue</h3>
  436. <p>An issue an occurrence that <strong>is</strong> negatively impacting the project.</p>
  437. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  438. <p>So the key difference is time.  Risks are things that could possible happen in the future, whereas Issues are things that have already happened.  Another way of thinking about the two is that Issues are Risks which have actually occurred.</p>
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